Urban Lot Homeowner Permits and Agreements

Who can participate in this program?

Any homeowner or tenant who lives in or owns a structure located on National Forest System lands or is located within 100 feet of the National Forest boundary.
How it works:

  • Interested home owners need to contact the U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (530-543-2759). Home owners on private lands, may also contact the local fire protection district responsible for conducting defensible space inspections, which are authorized to issue the agreement.
  • The Forest Service or local fire district staff will make an appointment with interested home owners to meet on site to explain the details of the agreement, answer any questions, and issue the agreement.
    • For homes on private lands, the local fire district may also conduct a defensible space evaluation during the site visit. 
    • For homes on National Forest System lands, the Forest Service may also conduct a defensible space evaluation during the site visit.
  • The Homeowner Agreement allows a home owner to conduct low impact defensible space treatments on any portion of National Forest System land that is within 100 feet of the building foot print. These activities include removing pine needle and surface litter, pruning trees, and removing brush (specific guidelines are provided in the agreement). No removal of standing trees is allowed. No treatments beyond 100’ from a home are authorized.
  • The approved treatments are similar to yard cleanup activities that a typical home owner would undertake annually to comply with existing state and local defensible space laws and/or ordinances.
  • The Homeowners Agreement does not expire and once issued, the home owner can implement treatment guidelines as needed to maintain defensible space conditions annually.

 

Fuels Reduction Stewardship Permits:

This program is for property owners who want to do additional defensible space work beyond what is authorized under the Homeowners Agreement. This includes removal of standing trees or conducting treatments beyond 100 feet of a home on NFS lands.

Who can participate in this program?

Any homeowner or tenant who lives in or owns a structure located on or adjacent to National Forest System lands within the Lake Tahoe Basin.
How it works:

  • Interested home owners need to contact the U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (530-543-2759).
  • The Forest Service will make an appointment with interested home owners to meet on site and assess the adjacent NFS lands. During this site assessment, the Forest Service will determine the amount and extent of work that is needed. The kinds of fuels reduction activities that may be allowed are:
    • Tree removal (including removal of standing dead trees and thinning of live trees), tree pruning, brush removal, clean-up of excessive surface fuels and clipping of weeds or grasses.
  • The Forest Service will explain the assessment to the home owner and issue a permit authorizing clean-up work that is specific to the site. If tree removal is authorized, all trees designated for removal will by marked by the Forest Service. The Forest Service will explain the conditions of the permit, which the property owner will be required to follow. Typical permit conditions include:
    • No work on high fire danger days
    • Fire extinguishing equipment/tools on site if power tools are in use
    • No vehicles on NFS lands, no dragging (skidding) logs
  • The permit is FREE and does not obligate the homeowner to do any work on NFS lands, however if the homeowner does choose to do some work, any clean up associated with that work (limbs/wood from cut trees/brush) will be required to be completed.
  • Treatments authorized under a Fuels Reduction Stewardship Permit are for treatments that are beyond the scope of the Homeowners Agreement (front side of this document). 
  • Fuels Reduction Stewardship Permits expire at the end of each calendar year. If a homeowner wishes to continue work the next season, a new site visit by the Forest Service will be conducted and a new permit issued.

 

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